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Flip fall

Intro

Use the flip fall when falling forward with no forward momentum when one must clear an obstacle in front of them. In training, start practicing the technique from a squatting position and progress to a standing position and then a flip from a standing position.

Final position

Lie on the mat on your back:

  • Bend your knees so your feet are flat on the mat.
  • Raise your hips off the mat.
  • Raise the back of your head off the mat.
  • Slap the mat with open palms with your arms at a 45-degree angle from your body and kiai. During the fall, your palms should hit the mat a split second before your upper back hits the mat.
  • At this point, only the arms, upper back, and feet should contact the mat.
  • Repeat until the movements become smooth and powerful.

From a squatting position

Start from a squatting position, with your feet a shoulder-width apart:

  • Tuck your head between your legs and roll forward into the final position.
  • Repeat the movements until they become smooth and powerful.

From a standing position

Start from a standing position, with your feet a shoulder-width apart:

  • Tuck your head between your legs and roll forward into the final position.
  • Repeat the movements until they become smooth and powerful.

Using a full flip

  • Start from a standing position, with your feet a shoulder-width apart:
  • Bend your knees.
  • In a quick snapping motion, fall forward, tuck your head between your legs, and flip into the final position.
  • Repeat the movements until they become smooth and powerful.

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